Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

GSTC in Taiwan: Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop in Sun Moon Lake

On June 18-19, GSTC Member Taiwan Tourism Bureau (Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration Taiwan) and GSTC Member Sustainable Travel Taiwan (STT) hosted the first “Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop” in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. The aim of the Workshop was to help DMOs, tour operators and hotels of the area to learn how […]

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Wildlife Tourism Australia (WTA) is a not for profit incorporated association that represents tourist operations, educators, researchers, businesses and societies that support sustainable wildlife tourism within Australia.

Founded in 2003 and chaired by Ronda Green, owner/operator of Advanced Ecotourism Certified Araucaria Ecotours, WTA is a direct result of Australia’s first national conference on wildlife tourism in Tasmania. With an elected committee and up to six non-executive committee members across Australia, WTA’s mission is to promote the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation.

WTA provides a forum for collaboration and communication between all wildlife tourism stakeholders to work towards increased conservation and awareness of ecosystem preservation through the tourism industry.

Ronda Green, as well as chairing WTA, was instrumental in the most recent review of Ecotourism Australia’s certification criteria, and was recently featured in Ecotourism Australia’s Everyday Ecotourism Heroes campaign.

With objectives to minimise environmental impacts, support conservation of wildlife and habitats and promoting the importance of Australian native wildlife, we are proud to have WTA onboard as an Ecotourism Australia Business Member.

If you would like to know more about Wildlife Tourism Australia, visit their website here.



Operating in the prehistoric surroundings of the Daintree, Cairns Adventure Group believe it is imperative to keep Indigenous culture at the forefront of their guests’ entire experience, beginning with proper Australian welcome. Traditional Owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, offer daily welcome to country and smoke ceremonies for all new visitors, showcasing traditional Australia on a worldwide scale. This gives guests insight into the Kuku Yalanji’s special relationship with this iconic location as well as supporting the Mossman Gorge center’s Indigenous training program. 

 CAG Ceremony

Ensuring that Indigenous culture is at the forefront of their visitors’ experiences is important to Cairns Adventure Group as this highlights the cultural significance of the land which international guests are visiting, and helps ensure that language is preserved for the local community. The focus on Indigenous culture is carried through the day tours as the Kuku Yalanji’s home in the Daintree rainforest is explored through fun adventure experiences.

“The Kuku Yalanji’s relationship with the Daintree is fascinating. Their understanding of the weather and its influences on the cycles of the rainforest has enabled the community to flourish in what is a challenging environment,” explains team member Sophie Hamilton.

Cairns Adventure Group has recognised international intrigue in Indigenous culture and provide education on the use of plants and the wide range of bush foods available that is often unheard of in their region of the world. The group feel it’s important to keep the history of their region alive, both for Indigenous communities but also for the wider population and generations to come. They have successfully been able to tie in Indigenous cultural teaching and experiences into their operations whilst supporting locals and sharing their culture.

 CAG Rafting

We will continue to visit our friends, the Kuku Yalanji at Mossman Gorge to support them and help their community to thrive,” says Sophie.

Cairns Adventure Group work hard to bring traditional Australian culture to a global audience. In this way they hope that their guests will leave with a newfound understanding of how people once lived in with the land and the importance of protecting and celebrating Australia’s rich and diverse culture.

Thank you, Cairns Adventure Group, for sharing your story with us!


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Sustainable Sedona Tourism

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, speaks about Sedona, Arizona’s new sustainable tourism plan following their 2016 GSTC Destination Assessment. Sedona is applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, applying key tactics to keep their resident and visitor experience top-notch while the population *doubles* daily from tourism–a $1B business for Sedona. […]

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Sustainable Hospitality: Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels by Trivago

What does it take to be recognized as an eco-friendly property? […] the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the body that manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, created The GSTC Industry Criteria and Suggested Indicators for Hotels in an effort to “come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism.” The idea is to […]

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Yura! David Thelander of Straddie Kingfisher Tours tells us this is one of his favourite Indigenous words. It means welcome, and it originates from the local community of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island).  Welcome is exactly how Dave (commonly known as Barefoot Dave by the locals) aims for all of his guests to feel when they step foot onto the beautiful, culturally rich and nature abundant island of Minjerribah. Straddie Kingfisher Tours is an Indigenous-owned company that has set out to not only showcase the copious amounts of wildlife residing on the island but also to provide a uniquely authentic Indigenous immersive experience. 

 Article Kookuburras

Operating in such a nature-focused location, Straddie Kingfisher Tours place a great importance on highlighting how all of the people inhabiting the Moreton Bay region understood the vital relationship between themselves and their environment. The Indigenous people who inhabited Minjerribah lived a nomadic life, having a deep understanding of their unique environment. All aspects of this are evident in the integration of the surroundings into sacred sites, dreaming tracks, song lines and the spiritual significance of the natural features of the islands.


From the use of the didgeridoo to welcome guests to introducing guests to bush tucker, the time spent on Minjerribah land with Straddie Kingfisher tours is immersive and allows visitors a chance to learn from the land. Local Indigenous guides interpret the names of native landmarks and flora and fauna to highlight the beauty of local Indigenous language while contributing to its preservation and conservation. Dave tells us it is important to use native language so that guests get to feel the spirit of the language. We think this is another great example of people doing wonderful work to use ecotourism to help preserve Indigenous language and cultures.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Straddie Kingfisher Tours!


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